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What causes numbness in hands at night along with pain in arms?

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Posted on Sat, 16 May 2015
Question: My hands, especially the right, numb up really bad and then my arm hurts all the way up to the elbow. It started once a week or so and now it's nightly and sometimes during the day too. It also happens when I hold a cup or phone for a couple minutes. I took meds for circulation but that didn't help.
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Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (10 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It can be due to neuropathy

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
I have studied your case and I think these symptoms can be due to neuropathy. It is usually due to vitamin B 12 deficiency. It can also occur due to side effects of smoking or medications. Before I advised you any further I would like to know few details about your illness.
1.Are you having any other problem like Diabetes or thyroid?
2.Are you taking any medicines since long time like for blood pressure or heart problems?
3.Are you a smoker ?
Please send me answers of these questions. I will try my best to help you.
thanks
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (26 minutes later)
1. I do not have Diabetes or thyroid problems. I was checked about 1 year ago and all is good in that area.
2. I am not taking meds for blood pressure or heart problems.
3. I am not a smoker.

This started several years ago but was occasional. Over the past year or so it has gotten substantially worse. The pain wakens me at night and I have to get up and move the hand and arm around. I have taken vitamins for many years (E, B complex and sometimes mult-vit).
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Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
It can be nerve compression in the neck

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for replying. I believe that you are having cervical spondylitis and there is nerve compression in the neck, This is causing pain and tingling numbness in hand. May be your sleeping posture also causing more pressure on neck.
I have following suggestions for you.
1.Avoid using very high pillow.
2.Tablet Pregabalin M one at night time will be effective for you.
3.Intermittent cervical traction exercises and neck muscle strengthening will also be helpful.
4.Soft cervical collar at night time prevent symptoms at night.
I hope these steps will be helpful for you. Let me know if there is any other followup questions.
thanks
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (20 hours later)
Can this also cause slight dizziness at times? Some dizziness started a couple of weeks ago when the numbness and pain in the arm got worse.
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Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (9 hours later)
Brief Answer:
yes dizziness can also be there.

Detailed Answer:
Helllo,
Dizziness can also be there due to compression of the vertebral artery which supplies blood in brain. It is a common feature of the cervical spondylitis. It can be controlled by physiotherapy. You can take spin free tablet if it is bothering you too much.
Thanks
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (16 hours later)
What type of doctor do you suggest I see? Or what type of therapy? Is there anyone in the Redlands, CA area that you could recommend? Thank you.
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Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (38 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
You need to see neurophyscian or orthoapedic surgeon

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
You can show it to neurophyscian or orthopaedic surgeon.Here is one good centre.
Arrowhead orthopaedics,1901 W. Lugonia Avenue
Suite 120, Redlands, CA, United States
+1 909-557-1600
I hope this answer will be useful for you.
Thanks
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes numbness in hands at night along with pain in arms?

Brief Answer: It can be due to neuropathy Detailed Answer: Hello, I have studied your case and I think these symptoms can be due to neuropathy. It is usually due to vitamin B 12 deficiency. It can also occur due to side effects of smoking or medications. Before I advised you any further I would like to know few details about your illness. 1.Are you having any other problem like Diabetes or thyroid? 2.Are you taking any medicines since long time like for blood pressure or heart problems? 3.Are you a smoker ? Please send me answers of these questions. I will try my best to help you. thanks